Cheryl, a native of Massachusetts, possesses a wide variety of skills and talents which serve her well in the valuable role she plays in our practice. Her diverse experiences include working in a neurosurgical practice, a pediatric practice, a dental office, and as an operating room technician. In our practice, Cheryl plays an essential role in overseeing the daily functioning of the office, as well as serving as a patient resource to ensure that our patients have what they need before, during, and after treatment.
Cheryl is married to her husband of 38 years, and they have one daughter. Cheryl loves spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter.
In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys traveling to New England, hiking, kayaking, and antiquing with her small group from church.
C. Leigh Culver, MSc
Leigh’s medical background encompasses a wide range of experience. His medical experience includes expertise in the areas of special operations/tactical medicine, civilian emergency medical services, industrial medicine, remote/austere medical support operations, and integrative/complementary medicine. Leigh has been a licensed paramedic since 1977. His expertise ranges from providing everything from acute minor illness and emergency critical care to that of innovative holistic health services.
Considered an expert in remote medical services, Leigh has authored numerous medical related articles that have been published internationally as well as the Physician Extender Medical Practice Guidelines still used in remote duty medical aid stations around the world today.
Leigh has been involved in nutritional and integrative medicine for more than 25 years with 15 of those years being directly involved with integrative oncology. He is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Master Herbalist having obtained his training through Trinity School of Natural Health.
As a Mind-Body Healing Specialist, Leigh has advanced training in Sleep Medicine & Clinical Polysomnography (Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine), Clinical Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis Motivation Institute), Stress Management, Trauma Reduction Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Biofeedback, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro-Somatics, and Therapeutic Imagery. Leigh has taught stress management and group performance programs for major corporations and the military and he is sought out as a speaker in the area of extended human capabilities.
Leigh’s education includes Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services (DeKalb College), Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Services (Concordia University) and a Master of Science in Public Health (Concordia University).
Leigh’s personal philosophy is that only by integrating all three aspects of a human being (mind, body, and spirit) can we actualize our true potential and obtain true health.
In his spare time, Leigh can often be found roaming the north Georgia mountains.
Gina comes to us by way of Long Island, N.Y. As the senior nursing station clerk at a Level 1 trauma center for 30 years, she coordinated the daily flow of the surgical recovery room. After her retirement in April 2018, Gina and her mom decided to relocate to Georgia to be close to Gina’s son and his family.
In her spare time, Gina enjoys shopping and baking Italian desserts. She also enjoys spending every spare minute with her granddaughter, Lily. She also volunteers for The Children’s Heart Foundation of Atlanta, a cause near and dear to her heart.
Glen Jackson, NRP
Glen is a nationally certified paramedic, whose career has spanned more than 30 years. He was born in Alexandria, Va., and spent most of his summers growing up assisting his uncle who was a veterinarian and professor at the University of Tennessee. Glen began developing his assessment skills at that young age, by looking, listening, and feeling, since his “patients” could not talk.
He began his career with the Fairfax County Fire Rescue Department in Virginia. Throughout his career, he has worked as an EMT, emergency medical dispatcher, firefighter, hazardous material technician, paramedic, and flight medic. He obtained his critical care paramedic certification in Tennessee at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital. He still maintains his National Registry of Paramedic, critical care, and emergency medicine certifications.
Glen is married to his high school sweetheart and has three adult children. He enjoys camping, playing disc golf, and spending time with his animals.
Laurie Melendez, RN
Laurie was born and raised in New City, N.Y. As a child, she spent a lot of time on her grandparents’ farm, and those are some of her favorite memories.
She has lived in Georgia for more than 30 years, so she’s a southerner at heart. She started out in early childhood education and taught elementary school for 23 years. After she finished raising her children, she decided to go back to school to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She has loved being a nurse in varied areas, including rehabilitation, medical-surgical, and oncology.
She has always been interested in health and nutrition, but after a close family member was diagnosed with cancer, her quest for a better way began. Eventually, she made the switch from traditional oncology to integrative oncology.
Laurie has three children and six grandchildren. She loves spending time with her grandchildren and has tried to re-create a mini-farm to build special memories with them. She has had chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cats, and still plans to have a piglet and a goat.
In her spare time, Laurie likes to cook, garden, tend to her animals, hike, and go camping.
Carrie Toon, CCMA, CT, CLT
Carrie is a Certified Medical Assistant with over 25 years of medical experience. She was born in Missouri, and has lived in Maryland, Texas, and now Georgia.
She has a wealth of experience in different specialties, including holistic medicine, internal medicine, and cardiac rehabilitation. During her career, she has particularly enjoyed overseeing the creation of new medical clinics. She is very excited to be part of our integrative oncology team.
Carrie is married, with four children. She has a passion to serve others, and donates her time to outreach programs such as Forsyth Family Promise, which aids homeless families in her community. She enjoys antiquing, boating, traveling, and spending time with her small group from church.